Responsible Reception: The Importance of an Active Audience

Growing up, my parents would always tell me just how lucky I am for growing up in time when we have so much available at the press of a button. Born in the 1950s, they grew up with the major networks: NBC, CBS, and ABC. They watched whatever was on when it was on because […]

Out with the old and in with the new

While reading The Master Switch by Tim Wu, it didn’t take long for me to question the past, present, and future of communication technologies. The telephone, radio, and film industry have struggled with competition issues and have all endured a rise and fall within their development. The telegraph to the phone, the phone to the […]

You Are What You (Cr)eat(e)

I’m a firm believer that we are — as the title suggests — what we create. Creators put a little piece of themselves into each of their creations. These are their horcruxes, the little bits and pieces of themselves artists share for people all over the world to find. And in the process, the creations […]

The Portfolio Career: Balancing Creative Pursuits With a “Real” Job

I have always, on some level, wanted to work in the creative industries. My life-long passion for storytelling, which has gone through many different phases, has always subtley been guiding my path in life. I have grown up knowing that a creative career would probably not be a lucrative one, and further that job security […]

Are Job Opportunities in the Creative Industry Truly Precarious?

For the most part jobs in the creative industry are characterized as being precarious and involving episodes of chronic unemployment and underemployment. However, research has shown that despite being known as precarious, the creative industry is growing in popularity. There are a number of reasons why this label has stuck to the creative industry; for […]

Creative Barriers and the Production of Culture

The creative industries are defined as, “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.” According to, “Whats the Creative Industry Doing About Diversity?” approximately 11.4% of industry jobs are filled by black, Asian […]

Educating the Educators: How Skills-Based Higher Education in the Creative Arts Promises A Steady Future of Learning for Creatives

If you’ll allow me to get a little anecdotal for a bit, I’d like to talk about my experience in the world of creative higher education. Over nearly 4 years in pursuit of a degree coming from a program titled “Film and New Media”, I’ve met people who want to do almost every imaginable thing that […]